When you ask people what they think about British accents, most of them either love ‘em or find them amusing. While some of us are busy swooning over people speaking like Hugh Grant, some Twitter users have pointed out that far from every Brit speaks like they’re Victorian gentlemen and ladies.

We’ve collected some of the most hilarious times that Twitter users have poked fun at people who speak British (or Bri-ish as one Twitter user who created a viral thread with over 663k likes joked). Upvote your fave tweets and let us know in the comments what you think of the way British people speak. Personally, I absolutely adore the variety of accents in the UK, but to each their own.

While we might call it the Queen’s English, very few people apart from the British royals and nobility speak the way that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II does. In fact, there are more than 37 dialects in the British Isles! Scroll down for Bored Panda's interview with Dr. David Britain, Professor of Modern English Linguistics at the University of Bern in Switzerland.

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Lazy Farmer
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6 months ago

BAHAHAHA!

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6 months ago

I’m lolling but I really hate the word ‘innit’.

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6 months ago

Like Arry Po er?

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According to Dr. Britain, the dialect that Americans most closely associate with British people is "almost certainly" Standard British English "with the accent known as Received Pronounciation."

"This is the one they are exposed to the most through the media, and the accent they may know from the Royal family. Some will know Scottish accents, and perhaps also London (the traditional accent of which is known as Cockney)," the professor explained to Bored Panda about the most common stereotypes that foreigners have when it comes to British accents.

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Carrie de Luka
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6 months ago

Not innit again... Really, most of us don't say innit. I promise.

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6 months ago

🤣🤣

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Hermione Granger
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6 months ago

Lets be honest, we all say Wednesday like that.

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Dr. Britain noted that the variety of British accents and dialects has both grown and shrunk in the last few decades! "There is a lot of evidence that many of the traditional, especially rural accents and dialects, are being leveled away with people using accents common to their whole region rather than their locality. But there is also evidence that urban areas continue to diversify, and new accents and dialects are emerging because of immigration and mobility. 

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El Dee
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6 months ago

Whether it's the Hugh Grant accent or the 'Peta Paka' accent these are not 'British' accents as no such accent exists. These are accents of the south of England only. You'll find a plethora of other accents including Welsh, Scots and Irish..

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

In Yorkshire, maybe.

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Lazy Farmer
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6 months ago

sounds like east London to me 😂

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We also wanted to know just how important British popular culture and media are when it comes to forming stereotypes about the way that Brits speak. Here's what Dr. Britain had to say: "It's very important in Britain certainly—many people's main exposure to different accents is through the media, and so the media are very powerful—the way they present these accents has an important effect on how they are perceived."

He continued: "Rural people in southern England are very often represented as all having the same dialect (which they don't actually have) and are often presented as rather traditional, friendly but unintelligent, and unworldly characters, so their accents become tied in people's minds to these attributes."

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Yep! Or tell him to stop loitering and get a move on.

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Lazy Farmer
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6 months ago

This is so me! I can't...

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6 months ago

British people don'y say legos - it's Lego

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"Internationally, it is often the case, for example, that Brits often play clever but evil characters in film, and so their accents can then also (outside Britain) be associated with those traits. We, in Britain, think this is funny of course, as we don't have those associations about ourselves."

According to Dr. Britain, the media are very important in spreading awareness of accents and creating stereotypical links between accents and character traits. "But it wasn't also the case. I can recall my dad (born in 1928) telling me he was 20 before he heard an American accent for the first time. Now that is inconceivable."

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Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

Only if you’re Michael Caine.

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80 Van
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6 months ago

It helps when you read these in Idris Elba's Luther voice.

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Wottermehlon Doge
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6 months ago

speaking of British people and youtube. anytime there is an informational video and a British person is talking it automatically means everything is true

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How a Brit speaks depends not only on what part of the country they’re from but also on their social class. One of the best-known dialects worldwide is Cockney which was (and still is) spoken by London’s working class. In fact, some Twitter users who are gently mocking British people are most likely thinking of people speaking Cockney in their minds.

Another well-known dialect is spoken by people from Yorkshire County. One of the things that sets it apart is that words that end with ‘ee’ sounds are pronounced as ‘eh.’ Want to say that something’s ‘nasty’ in Yorkshire and sound like a local? Try saying ‘nasteh!’

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MomaBear
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6 months ago

Unless you’re not beautiful, then we say - fuk in ell mayt that geezer is well mingin

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MomaBear
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6 months ago

Ha ha ha I say that all the time! Am loving this - also I can hear the different dialects in some of these posts! 😂

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Charlotte
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6 months ago

We just say maths, tbh. Unlike Lego, maths does have an s!

Aileen Grist
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6 months ago

Very true - only mathematics to people who don't understand much

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Stephen Edwards
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6 months ago

maths , because unlike yanks we know these's more than one mathematical problem....and who the fuck says init?????????

Ava Lewis
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6 months ago

we say maths, not mathematics and we dont really say innit

Martina Třešková
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6 months ago

Nope. It would be Maths, and it would be "are". Maths are plural.

Diane Murray
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4 months ago

they're getting worse.

Jacqueline Gardiner
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6 months ago

I don't think so. Possibly 'mathematics is hard, isn't it?', or alternatively 'my goodness, this maths is really tricky, is it not?' - enunciation is paramount.

Marilyn Bojanowski
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6 months ago

No, they say "maths", being sure to emphasize that there is more than one math

Tabitha L
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6 months ago

Do you say I'm studying 'sciences' because there is more than one science? Genuine question, I don't know the answer. In US, we say 'Math class' or 'Science class'. We usually only study one math at a time, like algebra or geometry or trigonometry. Just like we usually study one science at a time, like chemistry or biology or physics.

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Rebecca
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4 months ago

Yes it is hard...but not too hard to pronounce properly!😉

Justin Fisher
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5 months ago

Points deducted for inappropriate use of the letter H. 'ard, innit!

Daniel Mason
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6 months ago

No we say it CORRECTLY.... Maths :)

Gillian Copsey
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6 months ago

or marffs

BiLal Asif
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6 months ago

Com,on mate drop innit already aah

Rabbit Carrot
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6 months ago

The other extreme is maaath-er-matics

Bron
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6 months ago

That’s only because some kids were never taught to thrust out their tongue when saying “th”. Same in Australia, my hubby does it.

N G
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6 months ago

I must have been one of those kids, i just can't tell the difference between 'th' and 'f'

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Janine B.
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6 months ago

And so is orthography.

Gillian Copsey
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6 months ago

they prolly are like mafffma-icks

Barney Jones
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6 months ago

If they were Dick Van Dyke and the whole world was a carbon copy of Mary Poppins, maybe... But remember, Britain encompasses more than just London. Great Britain is made up of three countries and within each of these countries are MANY different accents. We don't all pronounce every T as a glottal stop, a lot of us are capable of pronouncing the voiceless dental non-sibilant fricative correctly. It's like saying every American drinks kwah-fee in the morning with their aygs

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Chris Davis
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6 months ago

"'ard" doesn't have a "H" in it. Innit.

Zoltán Almási
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6 months ago

British people be like in comments, mafffmatics is not a word lolololol

KellyO
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6 months ago

maffs!

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There are two accents that foreigners often mix up: the Northern Irish and Scottish ones. The first one’s very melodic, but people using it tend to miss out on some letters in words.

Meanwhile, there are various Scottish accents that vary from city to city. In parts of the country, the accent becomes incredibly similar to the Northern Irish one and it becomes hard to tell apart. And if you find yourself blushing with embarrassment because you find it difficult to understand a Scotsman speaking, don’t worry—some Scots have problems deciphering how others from Scotland, especially Glasgow, speak.

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Vodkar and coke.

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6 months ago

What word is that supposed to be? I’ve tried saying it a million different ways. 🤷‍♀️

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6 months ago

All the time, ha ha ha - or ‘ I aynt bovered ‘

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Finally, let’s not forget the Scouse dialect spoken by people from Liverpool and made popular by The Beatles. It’s a very nasal dialect, so if you want to sound like John, Paul, Ringo, and George, you’d better start practicing!

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adam dack
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6 months ago

nah m8 thats brummies that m8

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6 months ago

Harry is not amused

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Vanta Black
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6 months ago (edited)

Let me correct this one. "British people on holiday are like 'I'm sorry, how much? We're not used to taxes being added on at the checkout. The price displayed is the price we pay, and we don't subsidise minimum wage workers with tips, because we're not neanderthals.'"

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Vanta Black
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6 months ago

So how many consonants do non-Brits think we actually drop? The correct answer is "we never drop them", because we've all seen Countdown.

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Aaron W
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6 months ago

I know those words but the sentence doesn't make sense....

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David Morris
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6 months ago

West Midlands again!

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April Simnel
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6 months ago

Are we sure this isn't Australian?

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6 months ago

We don’t really have Mountain Dew in the U.K. (lack of the right kind of hill billy I guess).

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Rean Addy
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6 months ago

well getting to the end of all this bastardisation of the english language all i can assume is americans learn how we english speak from eastenders, corination street and emmerdale, not one is accurate in the slightest.

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